Down and Dirty – Christine Bell – 5 Stars

February 26, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 0

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The Blurb:

Cat Thomas has never been the kind of girl to stick. When she accepts a dare to rekindle her high school flame and jump in bed with her brother’s best friend, Shane Decker, she knows she’s in trouble. What does he have to do to make her see that settling down doesn’t mean settling, and he’s ready to spend a lifetime proving it?

My Thoughts:

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to get an email from a  publicist at Entangled Publishing asking if I would like to read/review this one.  I love those sorts of emails especially when they enable me to read more about characters I fell in love with previously.

If you haven’t read Down for the Count please do so as this one is about Galen’s sister Cat and you get to see Galen happy with Lacey.  I loved the glimpses of how happy he and Lacey are but this is truly about Cat and Shane.  We met Cat in the last book as Lacey’s BFF and Galen’s sister but we truly get to know what makes her tick in this one.  I adore how much stock she puts in her family/friendships but this is a woman who is deeply afraid of commitment and what it might mean to her career or freedom.  She’s had that one moment with Shane but thought that he didn’t really want her plus I mean he’s boring right??  Right??  After a dare from Lacey she finds that he isn’t boring and she needs to do something to get him wrapped up in another relationship so she doesn’t have to give up what she loves.

Shane has always wanted Lacey but between a promise made to her brother to keep an eye on her and keep her safe plus his knowledge that she wasn’t ready for anything serious made him put a stop to their almost rendezvous when they were younger.  He left to become a rescuer but how is back to finally claim what has always been his.  When they have the one interlude in Atlantic City he knows she is still scared but he isn’t going to let her go without a fight even if it means letting her set him up on an internet dating site.  He’s very fiercely protective of her but in a way where he wants her to keep being the woman she is and not a meek follower.  He loves her for everything she is all warts, quirks and flighty behavior.

This was a fun story of two people who are meant to be but one just keeps putting walls and barriers up between them.  I only hope we get a story of the doctor next as I want her to find her HEA.

Thanks again to Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this…  Keep more of these coming as they are wonderfully developed stories about people you can identify with.  Their fears, hopes and longings make you fall in love with them and the humor leaps off the page.

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